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ERIC Number: ED504468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
State High School Exit Exams: A Move toward End-of-Course Exams
Zabala, Dalia; Minnici, Angela; McMurrer, Jennifer; Briggs, Liza
Center on Education Policy
Since 2002, the Center on Education Policy (CEP), an independent nonprofit organization, has been studying state high school exit examinations--tests students must pass to receive a high school diploma. This is CEP's seventh annual report on exit exams. The information in this report comes from several sources: our survey of states that have mandatory exit exams, media reports, state Web sites, and interviews with state and district officials. This report focuses on new developments in high school exit exam policies that have occurred over the past year. It specifically focuses on the states' move away from minimum-competency exams and comprehensive exams that are aligned to state standards in several subjects, and toward end-of-course (EOC) exams that assess mastery of the content of a specific high school course. The report presents CEP's major findings from this year's study and its recommendations for improving the implementation of state high school exit exams. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures, 2 footnotes, and 1 box.)
Center on Education Policy. 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 522, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-822-8065; Fax: 202-822-6008; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; George Gund Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Phi Delta Kappa International
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A